Ovations! Season Announced at Westsylvania Festival

Posted on 5/25/2016 3:05:14 PM

Cinderella dancing with Prince CharmingThe Lively Arts at IUP announced its 2016–17 Ovations! season from the stage during Saturday’s Westsylvania Jazz and Blues Festival. The Festival was held in downtown Indiana on Saturday, May 28, 2016.

Hank Knerr, executive director of the Lively Arts, announced the season that includes Broadway musicals, contemporary dance, jazz and classical music, theater, and world music.

On deck to open the season in September is Kid Koala’s Nufonia Must Fall. This amazingly unique theatrical experience centers on a sweet love story for all ages utilizing live music, technology, and puppetry. Using 14 miniature sets, the production process will be exposed showing how this touching graphic novel comes to life on the big screen.

The two musicals set to tour to Indiana direct from Broadway next season are Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella in October and the ever-popular, dance-filled 42nd Street in March. 

In Cinderella, the audience is transported back to their childhood as they rediscover some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible,” and “Ten Minutes Ago” in this romantic and comical Broadway experience.

Come and Meet Those Dancing Feet, 42nd StreetThe original Broadway production of 42nd Street premiered in 1980 and was nominated for eight Tony Awards. winning two, then another pair with its 2001 revival. Today, 42nd Street is one of the top 15 longest running shows in Broadway history.

Another highlight for the season includes Grammy award-winning violinist Pinchas Zukerman performing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Manfred Honeck. Set for October, Zukerman will perform as this year’s Wilfred E. Helwig Distinguished Artist. A tribute to the late Florence Lattimer Helwig, benefactor of the Helwig Endowment, is being planned in connection with the concert.

Taj Express, the Bollywood Musical RevueSeveral international touring acts will also be presented. Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue comes directly from Mumbai, India. It is a colorful, high-energy musical and dance extravaganza to be presented on Valentine’s Day 2017.

With Fisher Auditorium set to be the premiere performance for their first U.S. tour, the Daloy Dance Company of the Philippines is described as “breathtaking, provocative, and daring.” They will be in town for several days in October and presented as part of International Education Week.

Direct from the southern counties of Ireland, Caladh Nua performs in March. A vibrant quintet of traditional Irish musicians, they put their very own contemporary flair on folk classics, traveling around the world sharing their talents and passion everywhere they go.

Diane SchuurThere will be no shortage of jazz as the Lively Arts presents the “New Lady of Jazz,” singer and pianist Diane Schuur. A two-time Grammy Award winner, she has performed alongside some of the world’s finest musicians. This concert, presented in December, will include a few holiday tunes and performance with the IUP Jazz Ensemble.

Influenced by her jazz and classical roots, Shana Tucker performs a genre blend called Chamber-Soul, a style that has been described as a mash-up of Dianne Reeves, Joni Mitchell, and Tracy Chapman. She is equal parts songwriter, singer, and cellist and will perform in Gorell Recital Hall in April.

Harlem QuartetBridging the worlds of classical and jazz music will be the Harlem Quartet performing in February. The ensemble shows diversity in music as they engage new audiences with their repertoire ranging from classical and jazz compositions to works by minority composers. 

The Akropolis Reed Quintet, coming to Indiana in November, is deeply invested in establishing the reed quintet as a cornerstone chamber music ensemble. Furthering the construction of a new paradigm in chamber music, this young, charismatic, and energetic group is committed to reaching the next generation of musicians and music lovers. 

Cast singing in HMS PinaforeClosing out the season in early May, the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players’ production of HMS Pinafore wonderfully showcases the ageless story and groundbreaking songs that has kept this musical masterwork an overwhelming favorite on both sides of the Atlantic and across the world for over a century.

Subscription order forms will be sent to donors and past subscribers mid-June. Brochures with order forms will be sent and available early July with subscriptions available through mid-September. Single tickets go on sale approximately 30 days prior to each performance. To be added to the Lively Arts mailing lists, e-mail lively-arts@iup.edu or call 724-357-ARTS (2787). 

The Ovations! series is funded, in part, by donations through the Premiere Club, business sponsorships, grants, and the IUP Student Cooperative Association. The Lively Arts, a program of the College of Fine Arts, presents nearly 200 performances, programs, and exhibits annually.

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